Speak out!

A blog from ATL

Small gestures, big effects

Ahead of this Saturday's Pride events, ATL member Ian McClary, from Bryanston School, Dorset, shares his experiences as a gay, Christian teacher.

Our young people show courage, not fragility

Generation snowflake is a myth.  It is part of a long, and dishonourable tradition which blames the young for the sins of their elders, insists Mary Bousted, ATL's general secretary.

The awkward truth about primary progress measures

Anne Heavey explains why the new progress measures aren't fairer for children and don’t add up for schools.

What part should schools play in encouraging pupils to engage with politics?

Clare Kellett wonders how far education professionals can encourage political engagement in pupils.

I’m determined to make the education system in Wales a source of national pride

Kirsty Williams, the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Education, marks a year in the post.

How were the standards set for this year's KS1 SATs?

Anne Heavey demystifies the Standards and Testing Agency’s (STA) process.

In the few weeks left until the election, here are five things we can all do

Education is finally back on the political agenda, and with the funding crisis taking centre stage, there has never been a more important time for ATL members to get their voices heard.

Funding and training are key to the ALN Bill working (Wales)

In December the Welsh Government revealed their planned new law which will change the way children with additional learning needs (ALN) are given support within the education system.

Kacper, what’s photosynthesis in Polish?

When it comes to supporting learners who are new to English, it is good practice to pair these learners with articulate peers who can act as good language role-models. And when these able peers are bilingual themselves, they are often ideally placed to engage with new arrivals. But how best to recognise the contribution of 'Kacper' in the classroom?
Primary school girl leaning on books bored

We need to broaden the debate around primary assessment

Yesterday, the government finally published its long-awaited consultation on primary assessment. There is a lot in there and I fully recommend everyone with an interest in the topic reads the document in its entirety and responds.